This year’s Amsterdam Film Week is definitely an event to be highlighted on the calendar. With a glittering array of Academy Award, Golden Globe, Cannes, Berlin and Dutch Film Festival winners, to name a few, it promises to be an exciting week of film screenings and events with special guests to boot.
Following it’s success last year, the film week returns to Amsterdam for the second time and hopefully will continue to grace Amsterdam’s silver screens on a yearly basis. The films that open and close the programme are only two of fifteen films which will be previewed for the first time in the Netherlands. So this is a unique opportunity of viewing exclusive previews of films that are due to be released in cinemas next year.
We will be privileged to have Susan Sarandon as a guest of honour during the film week. She will not only open the first of four movies: “Igby Goes Down” in a retrospective of her own films, on 6th November in Het Ketelhuis, but will also open the whole festival on the 5th November. She also makes appearances in some of the other movies due to be shown during the week, so it’s a perfect chance to go and see her versatility as an actress in various roles on the big screen.
The Best of TribeCa features the best films from Robert De Niro’s TribeCa Film Festival in New York. Justin Szlasa the producer of “Side By Side”, which puts the art of digital filmmaking under the telescope, will be present too at a Question And Answer session after the film on 6th November.
If you’re a party animal though and want to do more than just watch some amazing films, then there are plenty of events to help you make the week last longer. At the UPCinemaday you get the rare chance to get a ‘behind the scene’ peek at the Dutch comedy “Alles Is Familie” and be the first to view unseen films such as “Argo” and “The Company You Keep” on Sunday 4th November. A screening of the film “The Sessions” will be followed on 9th November by a Wok & Wine event, whose secret location is yet to be revealed! The closing party, after the screening of the film “Looper”, will have an antiheroes theme so all you guys and gals who’ve always wanted to get dressed up as Robin Hood, Lara Croft or Jack Sparrow will have the perfect opportunity to show your creativity and party the night away on 10th November.
The Amsterdam Film Week begins on 5th November with the screening of the film “Cloud Atlas” and closes on the 11th November. Tickets are available through www.amsterdamfilmweek.com but during the festival can also be bought at the box office of the theater where the films are playing. Lucky Cineville pass holders will have free access to this year’s Amsterdam Film Week. The locations of the cinemas during the film week are as follows: De Balie, Het Ketelhuis, De Uitkijk, Cinecenter, Stadsschouwburg, Apple Store and the Sugar Factory. For more information on the location of these cinemas and the Amsterdam Film Week itself, check out their website: www.amsterdamfilmweek.com